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Bill aims to reverse DOD per diem cuts

Several lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation that would lessen the burden of finding affordable housing while servicemembers are on assignment.

Several lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation that would lessen the burden of finding affordable housing while servicemembers are on assignment.

The legislation would repeal a Department of Defense policy change that cut reimbursement rates for military members and civilians on long-term travel.

The policy change included a 25 percent cut to reimbursement rates for travel in excess of 30 days and a 45 percent cut for travel longer than 180 days.

Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have been working to reverse the cuts.

Sens. Mazie K. Hirono and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee introduced the new legislation.

“Military members and Department of Defense civilians should not have to worry about potential financial burdens and red tape related to travel away from home,” Hirono said in a statement, adding, “This commonsense legislation will continue to allow [DOD] employees…around the world to do their jobs without jumping through unnecessary hoops.”

Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

“It’s not right to nickel-and-dime these folks or undermine their ability to get decent lodging,” Kilmer said. “Our bipartisan legislation would ensure that we can lighten the load on these men and women operating on behalf of our nation’s security,” he added.

Reader comments

Fri, Apr 21, 2017

DoD isn't the only one using those rates, so you can't restrict just the DoD. If this was across the board, that's one thing but focusing on one department is absolutely wrong.

Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Hmmm, but it's still OK for Interior employees on extended travel?

Wed, Apr 19, 2017

A while back (about 6mos.) people were astounded that the government was paying thousands of dollars per month on lodging gov workers. the perdiem is $182 per day in D.C. at its cheapest. That's $5,460 per month folks and that's what a hotel will charge. the M&IE is $69/day. That's $2,070 per month. There is a cost of doing business and it is high.

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